Fast Forward

Fast Forward

by Xio Axelrod

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As a nineteen-year-old, wunderkind doctoral candidate, Ian Waters had little interest in social interaction. Books were his companions, and that had suited him just fine. Then a hurricane named Jessen Sørensen blew into his life, throwing Ian off his axis.

On the cusp of rock stardom, Jessen had burned brightly, and Ian had fallen heart-first under his spell. But Ian soon learned he was only a temptation, a pit stop on the road to the rocker's dreams, and Jessen was gone as quickly as he'd come. Ian buried his heartache in academia, the only home he'd ever known.

When Ian encounters Jessen at a party, the seven-year separation seems insurmountable. There's too much pain, too much distrust. But Jessen declares he has a new dream, and that's a life with Ian.

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BN ID: 2940158641626
Publisher: Xio Axelrod LLC
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 910,053
File size: 1 MB

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Fast Forward 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Ian was left behind by the love of his life, Jessen. When Jessen comes back to town, he has a hard time believing that everything will just go back to where it was. He no longer wants to go back. He has a bright future, even though lonely. Jessen for all his faults, is honest. He still wants Ian, still wants to live close to Ian, and no longer travel the world. He has seen and done it all and is ready to come back to who he loves. This story touched me since I had sincere respect for the characters. They were both brutally honest with one another. I give props to the author for this. I love honesty! I also loved that no matter what, love got them together. I hope to see more from this author, as I really like the style.
junie76 More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of romances in multiple genres. I found Fast Forward to be refreshing. I haven't run across many Norwegian characters. I appreciated the original character. The second chance story line instantly brings a myriad of emotions to the surface. Axelrod kept my attention right up until the last chapter. At the end of chapter 13, Jessen admits to himself that they had a lot to work out. Chapter 14 abruptly starts in with first person narration from Jessen's perspective. The change is jarring and it pulled me out of the story. The situation is very physical, but none of the issues are really dealt with. The story was much better than it's ending. I reached the last page and found myself waiting for the rest of the story. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Fast Forward, An Alt Er Love Novella, Xio Axelrod Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: LGBTQIA This is a short read at just 123 pages, and I usually avoid anything novella style. They rarely hold enough emotion for me, but it sounded very promising from the synopsis so I went for it ;-) and loved it.  Ian is 26 now and yet still feels like a teen. I often wonder about child prodigies like him, we hot house them, push them into academic positions they aren't mentally or emotionally ready for, and on top of all that poor Ian had a pretty crappy family background. No wonder he's kind of naive, a little insecure, feels so alone, apart from the crowd. He is. And that's so sad. How can anyone manage to breach that gap we created in the interests of "education"  Gah, education comes from more than just books, and bright kids will always find their way, they don't need to be pushed in with those far older than them....and that's my soapbox rant for the day!!  Ian's so lovely, a loner, but has a couple of good friends who seem to look out for him, such as Siv, giver of the party where he meets Jessen again. Arrghh, I could feel just how that hurt him, disturbed him on a visceral level, how angry and upset he was. Right then we didn't know much more than they'd had a relationship and Jessen left. Suddenly. Without explanation. Just was there one moment, gone the next.  Poor Ian, already fragile, this just about fractured him and he's struggled to trust anyone since. What should he do now? Why is Jessen here? Does he even remember him or was he just a rock-stars hiccup, a quick hookup for that town and now he's off to the next. Were all the words and plans were just promises to draw him in? I loved Ian so much I was angry at Jessen and couldn't bring myself to like him for at least the first half of the book, but his honesty, his openness and transparency about his mistakes, and what he wants now drew me in. He was so gentle with Ian, so careful not to hurt him, knowing this was a one shot chance that I couldn't help loving him too.  Its rare for me to feel so emotionally drawn into a short novel but this one did it, had me hooked, feeling Ian and Jessen were so real, and wanting things to work out for them, for true happiness for both. There's not a HEA, there's not really time, but the way it ends I was pretty sure they would get there and it worked for me.  Stars: five, a novella that managed the almost impossible for me, a great story and characters and some very real emotion.  ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
Mari-BayouBookJunkie More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars!!! The last thing Ian Waters expects when he goes to his friend's party is finding Jessen Sørensen, the man who left him 7 years before with just a note saying "I'm sorry" slipped under his door and who just about destroyed him. But there he is and he says he's back for good and wants Ian back and even if Ian hasn't been able to forget him all these years, he's not sure he can just forgive the callous way he left or believe he won't do it again. I absolutely loved Ian, even if he was already 26, he had this ineffable quality, this naivete, a certain vulnerability, if you will, that he just couldn't hide. He'd gone through so much in his childhood, that he was actually thankful that his genius IQ opened up so many doors for him when he was so young, graduating high school at 13, then getting his bachelor by 17 and well on his way into his doctorate when he met Jessen at 19. He was so innocent, so sweet and so earnest, falling hard and fast for Jessen, putting all his trust in him only to have it all disappear as fast as it'd started. I could feel his hurt and his pain, but also his desperation, his loneliness and his desire to find a reason to believe again. I wasn't too sure about Jessen at first and it actually took me a bit to warm up to him. It wasn't until I was almost halfway into the book that I actually felt he deserved a second chance. Jessen and Ian had amazing chemistry, they were sweet and Jessen was very patient with Ian back when they met the first time. And while yes, Jessen messed up big time and it took him a long time to get back to Ian, I could feel his regret for leaving like he did. The book is told from Ian's POV, with the last chapter in Jessen's, which was a lovely touch. It was nice seeing things from his side and knowing him a little better. I also liked that Ms. Axelrod showed us Ian and Jessen's past, because it was important for their future. It was a very enjoyable, fast-paced, well-written book, that I'd gladly read again as soon as I have some free time. Overall, this was a great MM debut for Xio Axelrod, she did justice to both the story and the characters, even if I'd wanted for the book to be longer, it felt complete and it was a fantastic start to her new series. I'm so excited that there'll be more of Jessen and Ian in the future!!! Highly recommendable!!! *** Copy provided to me for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***